The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 was just announced with a variety of upgrades and changes, including the addition of the new Multi-Flex tailgate, as GM Authority was first to report. In addition, the 2021 Chevy Silverado Regular Cab Long Box now offers the turbo 2.7L four-cylinder engine option, boosting payload capacity.
Previously, the 2020 Chevy Silverado Regular Cab was only offered with the naturally aspirated 4.3L LV3 V6, which produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, and the naturally aspirated 5.3L L82 V8 engine with Active Fuel Management, which produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the newly-added turbocharged 2.7L L3B I4 produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
As such, the newly available Regular Cab Long Box model with the 2.7L L3B engine connected to RWD offers a payload rating of 2,280 pounds, up from the 2,250-pound rating for the 2020 model year. What’s more, this same model ups max towing capacity to 9,600 pounds.
In addition, the expanded availability of the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B engine allows the Silverado to boast a lower base price. For now, the exact MSRP is unknown, but rest assured we’ll report back as soon as that information becomes available.
“Additional testing and validation revealed the 2.7L Turbo possesses better-than-expected cooling performance,” General Motors states in a press release.
Another notable addition for the 2021 Chevy Silverado is the new Multi-Flex tailgate, which takes after the MultiPro tailgate offered on the GMC Sierra to offer six different positions suited to handle a variety of jobs. These include easier access to the bed, additional loading solutions, and even a standing workstation. The 2021 Chevy Silverado Multi-Flex tailgate comes with a total weight capacity of 375 pounds, and can be activated using the vehicle key fob, or via two tailgate-mounted buttons.
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